Rage in the Gate City
The Story of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Rebecca Burns
Foreword by June Dobbs Butts

Revised Edition

Revealing a tragic chapter from Atlanta’s past

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"In this detailed and riveting account, supplemented with photographs of the time, journalist Burns explores the social and economic factors that led to the riot, which has been downplayed in the history of a city that prides itself on racial harmony."
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"The Atlanta Riot of 1906 was a tragedy fueled by misinformation and political ambition, but it ultimately led to the first steps of interracial cooperation that characterized progressive Atlanta for the next hundred years. . . . Perhaps if more Americans read Rage in the Gate City—the story of this important but often overlooked chapter in Atlanta's history—it might save our nation from the painful repetition of these acts of hatred and violence."
—John Lewis, U. S. Congressman


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During the hot summer of 1906, anger simmered in Atlanta, a city that outwardly savored its reputation as the Gate City of the New South, a place where the races lived peacefully, if apart, and everyone focused more on prosperity than prejudice. But racial hatred came to the forefront during a heated political campaign, and the city's newspapers fanned its flames with sensational reports alleging assaults on white women by black men. The rage erupted in late September, and, during one of the most brutal race riots in the history of America, roving groups of whites attacked and killed at least twenty-five blacks. After four days of violence, black and white civic leaders came together in unprecedented meetings that can be viewed either as concerted public relations efforts to downplay the events or as setting the stage for Atlanta's civil rights leadership half a century later.

Rage in the Gate City focuses on the events of August and September 1906, offering readers a tightly woven narrative account of those eventful days. Fast-paced and vividly detailed, it brings history to life. As June Dobbs Butts writes in her foreword, "For too long, this chapter of Atlanta's history was covered up, or was explained away. . . . Rebecca Burns casts the bright light of truth upon those events."

Page count: 232 pp.
24 b&w photos, 2 maps
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 

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Rebecca Burns is editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, which has won numerous regional and national awards under her direction.